The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

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  • Daniel James Brown’s The Boys in the Boat is the kind of nonfiction book that reads like a novel. Centered around the
    life of Joe Rantz—a farmboy from the Pacific Northwest who was literally abandoned as a child—and set during the Great
    Depression, The Boys in the Boat is a character-driven story with a natural crescendo that will have you racing to the
    finish. In 1936, the University of Washington’s eight-oar crew team raced its way to the Berlin Olympics for an
    opportunity to challenge the greatest in the world. How this team, largely composed of rowers from “foggy coastal
    villages, damp dairy farms, and smoky lumber towns all over the state,” managed to work together and sacrifice toward
    their goal of defeating Hitler’s feared racers is half the story. The other half is equally fascinating, as Brown
    seamlessly weaves in the story of crew itself. This is fast-paced and emotional nonfiction about determination, bonds
    built by teamwork, and what it takes to achieve glory. —Chris Schluep